Late spring is prime time for berry picking in Des Moines and Central Iowa. We can’t think of anything better than the taste of freshly picked fruit while enjoying the outdoors.
Berry picking is a great family activity. It’s educational for kids to see where the food grows and everyone loves fresh berries!
Check out these local farms for a variety of berry crops, or look for fresh fruit at one of the many area farmers markets.
Please check with the farm before you go, both to check on crop availability and make sure that they’re open.
Where: 62785 280th St, Nevada, IA 50201
What: Pick your own strawberries, blueberries, cherries, rhubarb, gooseberries, and currants
When: Strawberries will be ready in June. Blueberries and cherries will be ready in July. Check the website for updates.
Where: 101 Ne 72nd Place, Ankeny, IA 50023
What: Pick your own and pre-picked aronia berries. Cash only.
When: Call or e-mail for times 515-709-0388/[email protected]
Where: 15285 Fairfax St, Indianola, IA 50125
What: Red and black raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, tart cherries
When: Opens mid-May. Check their Facebook page for details on when the fruit is ready to be picked.
Where: 13140 NW 102nd Avenue, Granger, Iowa 50109. The patch is located on the south side of Highway 141
What: Pick your owns strawberries
When: late May to late June. Call 515-276-0852 or check their Facebook page to make sure they are open that day
Where: 11687 Ne 126th Ave, Maxwell, IA 50161
What: You-pick strawberries and raspberries
When: Call 515-967-6963 for details
Where: 705 SW Ringgold Street, Boone, IA 50036. Phone: 515-432-9251
What: Aronia berries, U-pick and already picked. Uses natural growing practices.
When: Call for times
Where: 5987 NE 88th St, Altoona, IA 50009
What: asparagus, rhubarb, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, currants, raspberries, cherries, mulberries, peaches, pears, plums
When: Check the Facebook page for dates and times
Where is your favorite place to pick berries?
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We work hard to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information before heading to an event or activity, since it may change.